Transition Year

Transition Year Concept

The Transition Year Programme promotes the personal, social, vocational and educational development of students and prepares them for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society (Transition Year Guidelines, 1994, Department of Education & Skills).

It is a unique one-year programme for students who have completed Junior Cycle, enabling them to make the transition towards the more independent learning environment associated with Senior Cycle.

The Transition Year Programme encourages personal and social development and recognises the need for students to grow in independence. Transition Year fosters academic achievement as students prepare for a Leaving Certificate programme, further study and in their working lives. It encourages the development of a wide range of transferable critical thinking, creative problem-solving skills and development of the whole person.


TY at Rice College

Rice College currently has 72 students pursuing the programme for 2023/24, spread amongst three classes. We believe this programme enables students to mature, to develop confidence, to become independent thinkers, to work on one’s initiative as well as part of a team, to make informed subject choices and to gain a valuable insight into broad variety of career areas.

During the year, students sample a wide range of core and option subjects. Students also get to experience a wide range of modules including Road Safety, Future Leaders, Gaisce, Tourism, Nutrition, Community Awareness, Goal-Setting amongst many others.

A number of trips are organised throughout the year including Enterprise Workshops, Outdoor pursuits, Surfing, Team-bonding activities, educational field trips, and event management. Work experience and community involvement also form an integral part of Transition Year.

Programme Co-ordinator: Mrs. Aileen O’ Driscoll.